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Probate is the legal process of resolving the estate of an individual that has passed away. Often, this responsibility falls to the person who has been named an executor in the deceased's will. Other times, in the absence of a will, Texas courts will appoint an estate administrator and supervise the probate process. While Texas provides a simpler probate process than many others states, few people are familiar with this process until they are tasked with completing it.

At Shelander Law Offices, our team understands that many of our clients dealing with probate issues are not only trying to navigate this legal process but also dealing with the death of a loved one. That is why we bring dedicated, knowledgeable, and compassionate counsel to our probate clients. With our skilled Beaumont probate lawyers on their side, these individuals and families can rest assured that this process will be resolved as swiftly and favorably as possible.

You do not have to face the probate process alone. Contact our offices today to request a free initial case evaluation.

The Different Forms Of Probate In Texas

There are various forms of probate an executor of a will could submit to following the death of a loved one. Knowing which one is right for the estate in question may take some legal guidance.

The different forms of probate in Texas include:

  • Independent Administration of Estates. This is the process most executors will face in probate. It gives the executor unsupervised decision-making power to resolve the estate according to the will.
  • Dependent Administration of Estates. In some cases, the courts may want to supervise the probate process and the executor will enter this process to resolve the estate in question.
  • Small Estate Affidavits. When there is no will and an estate is valued at $50,000 or less, beneficiaries can simply prepare a sworn statement to collect the remaining assets.
  • Small Estate Procedures. When an estate's debts are greater than its remaining assets, an executor can enter this process by submitting the accounting to the court and simply closing the estate.
  • Muniment of Title. When there is a will and no debts associated with an estate, executors can file the will with the courts and essentially ask that the probate process be waived, allowing beneficiaries to collect their inheritances and close the estate.

While these options provide various solutions for executors and bereaved families, it is always advised that they seek reliable legal counsel before approaching the probate process. Call our Beaumont estate planning lawyers today to learn more about your options during this difficult time.

Our team is ready to assist you. Call (409) 204-0895 today.